Tiny state of Djibouti sends Somalia 200 troops

AP News
Posted: Dec 20, 2011 9:20 AM

A Somali government minister says 200 troops from Djibouti have arrived in Somalia's capital to join the African Union force that helps protect the government and fight Islamist insurgents.

Interior Minister Abdishakur Sheik Hassan said Djiboutian troops landed at Mogadishu's main airport Tuesday.

The arrival of troops from the tiny East African nation gives a boost to the 10,000-strong African Union force, which is comprised mostly of troops from Uganda and Burundi. The AU force this year succeeded in driving out most Islamist fighters from the capital, Mogadishu.

Kenya recently pledged to commit troops to the AU force, though the offer must be approved by the U.N. Kenyan troops moved into southern Somalia in October.